Recycling Project Becomes a Reality in Andrews

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - It was the brainchild of some Andrews high school students. Their vision of bringing a recycling center to town came to life.

"Since we never had a recycling program, it was kind of hard to think that a lot would come out of it. I'm real excited about it." High School Senior, Korbin Gilbreath, said.

Gilbreath is part of a group of students that wanted to start recycling.

"We tried to find a way to reduce our landfill input and we came up with recycling," Gilbreath said.

"It cost so much to recycle in a rural town, so they wanted to find someway to get it done," High School teacher, Cindy Tochterman, said.

So they took the project outside their classroom and asked the city for help.

"We were on the same path at the same time. So our ideas came together at a good time," Scott Wallace, Community Service Director for the City of Andrews, said.

So the City of Andrews and the high school students joined forces in an effort to turn Andrews green. They got together and decided to turn a gas station into a recycling center.

"We were able to get the building from CS Fuels. They generously donated the building to us for the use," Wallace said.

Now Andrews has a place for residents to recycle cardboard and paper. The city hopes the project will help the community for years to come.

"It's new to our community so we are not sure how much it will save us but we are thinking it will save us anywhere from $80,000 to $100,000 per year once we get it going," Wallace said.

"Makes me feel really good about it. We worked really hard on this, I'm glad that it's actually coming out where we can make a difference," Gilbreath said.

The next project for the high school students is to be able to educate the city on how to use the recycling center properly.